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Maggie Cline, post 1888, courtesy of Library of Congress, Wikimedia Commons

To hear Maggie Cline perform on stage, you might imagine that she had just stepped off the boat, fresh from churning butter and wrestling pigs in the (...)

The English Ship ‘The Royal Sovereign’ with a royal yacht in a Light Air by William van de Veld the Younger. Image: Wikimedia Commons

Many readers will be familiar with the Irish seafarers who helped establish navies in the Americas in the 18th century: Admiral Brown in Argentina, Co(...)

Lizzie Brown Halliday (c1860 - June 18th, 1918) was the first woman sentenced to die in New York State’s electric chair (1894) but her sentence was commuted based on insanity and she spent the rest of her life in a mental institution. Image: New York NY National Police Gazette, September 23rd, 1893/Wikimedia Commons

Irish-America is awash with stories of successful Irish migrants; the men and women who built industrial cities, served its people, or educated its ch(...)

Pierce Butler was born in Ballintemple House in Co Carlow in July 1744.

On September 17th, 1787, Carlow-born Pierce Butler, alongside three other Irish immigrants, assembled at Independence Hall in Philadelphia to lend his(...)

Thomas Heazle Parke undergoing a ‘blood brotherhood ritual’. Illustration from Heazle Parke’s book, ‘My personal experiences in equatorial Africa as medical officer of the Emin Pasha relief expedition’/ Wikimedia Commons

“What about Livingstone?”Agnetha and Anni-Frid harmonised on Abba’s 1974 album Waterloo. What about all those Victorian men who thought fame and renow(...)

Tyrone Power: 'Each of my characters are, according to my ability, painted from nature.'

References to Tyrone Power might bring to mind the American matinee idol who died in his prime in the 1950s, but his ancestor, born William Grattan Po(...)

Margaret Barry with Dominic Behan.

In the 1930s, a 16-year-old took to the roads of Ireland to make her living as a street singer. Her striking appearance and waist-length black hair co(...)

Mary Swanzy got to know the work of Picasso from viewing his paintings at soirees organised by Gertrude Stein in Paris.

“To be an artist… you have to be very severe with your amount of energy… To have an overriding hobby, that’s the secret. Mine was an overriding hobby,(...)

“In 1941, I got a cardboard crib for not missing a day of school for a year. I brought it with me when I emigrated, and I still have it now.”

As Christmas approaches our thoughts usually turn toward home. Some of us are planning that journey back to Ireland to reunite with family, others rom(...)

James Braddock training in Florida, 1936. Photograph: FPG/Getty Images

Although he considered himself to have “more brawn than brains”, James J. Braddock had an unerring ability to make the best of a bad situation. The s(...)

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